Corry leads star-studded Barbarians
May 27, 2009
Martin Corry will bid farewell to Twickenham as captain of the Barbarians © Getty Images
England World Cup-winners Martin Corry and Josh Lewsey will bid farewell to Twickenham on Saturday in the colours of the Barbarians. Corry leads the Baa-Baas from the second-row, while Lewsey starts alongside Ireland's Gordon D'Arcy in the centre.
In a star studded line-up D'Arcy is joined by his Heineken Cup-winning team-mate Rocky Elsom, while Saracens fly-half Glen Jackson is the only uncapped member of the side. Elsom is joined in the back-row by Jerry Collins and Serge Betsen while All Black Chris Jack partners Corry at lock.
In the front-row, All Black props Clarke Dermody and Greg Somerville are joined by Springbok hooker Schalk Brits. In the back three, the firepower is mprovided by Cardiff Blues' All Black fullback Ben Blair, Munster's Doug Howlett and Biarritz-bound Iain Balshaw.
Barbarians: Ben Blair (Cardiff Blues & New Zealand), Doug Howlett (Munster & New Zealand), Josh Lewsey (London Wasps & England), Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster & Ireland), Iain Balshaw (Gloucester Rugby & England), Glen Jackson (Saracens), Justin Marshall (Saracens & New Zealand), Clarke Dermody (London Irish & New Zealand), Schalk Brits (Stormers & South Africa), Greg Somerville (Gloucester Rugby & New Zealand), Martin Corry (Leicester Tigers & England, capt), Chris Jack (Saracens & New Zealand), Jerry Collins (Toulon & New Zealand), Serge Betsen (London Wasps & France), Rocky Elsom (Leinster & Australia)
Replacements: Sebastien Bruno (Sale Sharks & France), B J Botha (Ulster & South Africa), Paul Tito (Cardiff Blues), Phil Waugh (Waratahs & Australia), Chris Whitaker (Leinster & Australia), Mike Catt (London Irish & England), Ratu Nasiganiyavi (Waratahs)
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